Watch an Amoeba Green Room Session with Lucy Dacus

Posted by Amoebite, October 13, 2016 12:04pm | Post a Comment

Lucy Dacus Green Room Session Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of hearing 21-year old singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus' insightful and honest songs in an intimate setting for our Green Room Sessions at Amoeba Hollywood. Dacus and her band's subtle instrumental pulse was the perfect backing for her beautiful and pure vocals.

Lucy Dacus No Burden Amoeba MusicRichmond, VA native Lucy Dacus has achieved a very rapid rise to success this year, including a recent nod from vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine. Originally intending to become a filmmaker, Dacus decided to take some time off of school to record her debut, No Burden. What was at first a casual release to be put up on Bandcamp, the album sparked a bidding war which ultimately landed her on Matador, who has re-released No Burden and will be backing her next project. In the meantime Dacus and her band have been tirelessly touring the country, with upcoming dates in Europe.

Dacus starts off our Green Room Session with "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," the catchy first track off No Burden. Her playful vocals glide over the staccato strumming of a lone guitar before the rest of the band comes in with a Strokes-like attitude. Next is "Troublemaker Doppelganger." With its low-rumble swaggering the song builds to a frenetic beat and ultimately a cathartic and soulful last refrain. The band ends by playing the fragile and understated and atmospheric "Dream State."

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Crate Diggers Record Fair Returns to Los Angeles October 22

Posted by Amoebite, October 11, 2016 12:50pm | Post a Comment

Crate Diggers LA 2016

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the Crate Diggers record fair, happening Saturday, October 22nd at Lot 613 in downtown LA. 30+ vendors from all over Southern California will be on hand with a ton of great vinyl in all genres of music. Plus, there will be live DJ sets by some of LA's finest providing the soundtrack for your dig. Once the record fair ends at 6pm, it turns into an after party going from 8pm to 4am. The record fair and the after party are free, but you must be 21+ to attend.

What: Crate Diggers Record Fair

When: Saturday, October 22 12pm-6pm, followed by the After Party 8pm - 4am

Where: Lot 613 (613 Imperial St. Los Angeles, CA 90021)

Daytime Record Fair DJs: Nighttime After Party DJs:
Daniel T (Dublab, Distant Works) 
Clifton aka DJ Soft Touch (Funky Sole) 
Xica Soul (Cookie Crew)
Stacy Christine (Shits & Giggles)
Force Placement (Black Lodge)
Lyndon Hill (LA)
Rick Wade (Harmonie Park, Rush Hour)
Zernell (Grimy Edits, Crate Diggers)
Special Headliner TBA


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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Modern Baseball

Posted by Amoebite, October 10, 2016 06:14pm | Post a Comment

Modern Baseball What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We recently learned here at Amoeba Hollywood that Philly pop-punk rockers Modern Baseball are real cinephiles. On their recent visit to the store the boys picked up some classic DVDs and Blu-rays, like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James. "This is a great mix of physical humor and...themes of the modern mall," says drummer Sean Huber, before surprising everyone in the room with his knowledge of the fictional mall's inspiration, The Willowbrook Mall, outside of West Orange, NJ. It turns out guitarist Brendan Lukens is a huge Spielberg fan, not only picking up the 30th anniversary edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set, but also the vinyl soundtrack to his personal favorite, Jurassic Park. The band had lots of cool picks and tons of laughs as they revealed what else was in their bags.

Modern Baseball Holy GhostModern Baseball formed when Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald were still in high school. Originally an acoustic duo, after the two friends relocated to Philadelphia for college they met drummer Sean Huber and bassist Ian Farmer, solidifying the band's current lineup. The band got their start playing house shows around Drexel University, where Ewald was a student. In 2012, they released their first album, Sports, which was recorded at Drexel.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn

Posted by Amoebite, October 5, 2016 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Nicolas Winding Refn What's In My Bag? Amoeba Hollywood

Just what is acclaimed director, producer, and screenwriter Nicolas Winding Refn listening to these days? Would you believe us if we told you it was ska? That's right, Mr. Refn, whose latest films have featured Cliff Martinez' moody '80s-inflected synth scores, has been getting into the up-beat, Jamaican, skankin' precursor to reggae. Before his and Cliff Martinez' recent soundtrack signing at Amoeba Hollywood the director picked up two great compilations by the legendary Jamaican labels Treasure Isle and Trojan. But, of course, it wasn't all island grooves for Refn, and we were not surprised to find a plethora of eclectic music in his bag.

The Neon Demon Blu-rayRefn launched onto the movie scene with the release of the Danish crime drama Pusher in 1996. This was followed by 1999's Bleeder, as well as two Pusher sequels in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Refn wrote his first English-language flick, Fear X, in 2003, but gained more attention with the 2008 release of Bronson, starring Tom Hardy.

His first major success in America came with 2011's Drive, a Cannes favorite that led to his acceptance of the festival's Best Director Award. Only God Forgives hit theaters next, and was followed in 2016 by The Neon Demon. The film was in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes that year--Refn's third picture to do so.

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10 Releases To Look For on Cassette Store Day 2016

Posted by Amoebite, October 3, 2016 05:44pm | Post a Comment

Cassette Store Day 2016On Saturday, October 8th, fans of magnetic tape, great tunes, and all things cassette will celebrate the fourth annual Cassette Store Day. Founded in 2013 by a group of UK record labels, Cassette Store Day gives props to the humble cassette tape in the same way Record Store Day pays homage to indie record shop culture. The celebration has since expanded to the US, Japan, Germany, and France, and naturally we're excited for an influx of new tapes here at Amoeba Hollywood, too.

Here are the top ten special Cassette Store Day releases we're pumped to slip into our Walkman.

Death Cab

Death Cab for Cutie
The Photo Album

In celebration of The Photo Album's 15th anniversary, Barsuk is reissuing this 2001 release on cassette for the first time. The tape includes "Gridlock Caravans," a rarity which has only been available on vinyl and some international releases.

Welcome to Detroit/The Shining

J Dilla
Welcome 2 Detroit/The Shining

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